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Coast Live Oak

Quercus agrifolia

Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Evergreen tree, to 30-80' tall. Typically has a short trunk and dense foliage. Crown spread often exceeds its height.

Growing Conditions:
Sun or shade. Drops most of its old leaves in spring. Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

Uses:

Height:
30-80' at maturity

Width:
Often exceeds ht. at maturity

Shape:
Broadly rounded

Flowers:
Narrow, drooping catkins, 2-4

Leaves:
Leaves are thick, leathery, rounded at the base. Glossy green above, pale green below.

Bark:
Bark dark gray or brown, thick, deeply furrowed.

Native mostly to the coast side of California's Coast Range, and along streams draining into the Central Valley, ranges from the Mendocino County in the north to Mexico's Baja California. Its stateliness has made it a subject of historical landscape painters throughout its range.